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The Fast Food Paradigm

Touch the Soil News #1083 (Feature photo – Fast Food – CCA SA 4.0 International) There is a lot of science that goes into fast food. The science is not necessarily aimed at ratcheting up nutrition and health, but getting you to like it. Phil Lempert (Supermarket Guru) has an interesting story to share on why we like fast food. Visit Lempert at: https://www.supermarketguru.com/the-lempert-report/why-we-are-hooked-on-fast-food/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Do Food Chains Influence Who We Are?

Touch the Soil News #780 (Feature photo – Joey Chestnut (center) wins a Krystal Hamburger Square Off by eating 103 Krystal burgers in 8 minutes – CC SA 2.0) Krystal is an American brand hamburger restaurant that – like so many others – is trying to differentiate itself. Founded in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression of the 30s, the company now has about 360 locations in the U.S. with over 6,500 employees. The company is owned by the Argonne Capital Group that also has sizeable investments in IHOP, Applebee’s, On the Border and Sonny’s BBQ. Fast food is the antithesis of eating out of the home garden.…

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Disposable Jobs & Unsafe Food?

Touch the Soil News #750 (feature photo – A Fast Food Employee – CC SA 3.0) As we’ve always said, the food chain is ripe with insights about ourselves and the economy. The restaurant business is considered part of the larger “hospitality” industry that includes lodging and resorts. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that annual employee turnover rates in the restaurants and accommodations sector peaked in 2007 at a whopping 80.7 percent. It is hard to imagine the training and learning challenges of an industry in which almost 81 employees out of a 100 at the beginning of the year will leave for a number of reasons. The…

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Got Minimum Wage Increase in 2017?

Touch the Soil News #578 Arguments over minimum wage increases are the hottest in the food chain – particularly in the fast food industry. Workers say they can’t make a living and need more. Fast food operators say they can’t pay more and stay in business. The problem is both sides have truth in their positions. Top economists conclude that: The system cannot adequately afford both business and workers – so much for the American dream. Businesses in general can’t survive without consumers having purchasing power and businesses in general cannot afford to give workers sufficient purchasing power. Following is a listing of the states that in 2017 are making…

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Fast Food Workers and the $15 Wage Battle

Touch the Soil News #350 Squaring off as perhaps the largest protest of Capitalistic inequality ever to take place in our lives is a global call for strike and protest on April 14, 2016. Energy is building for the global-scope strike that is anticipated to take place in over 300 cities in 40 countries on six continents. The movement began a few years ago when a small group of New York fast-food workers decided to strike and take action. Since that time, the movement has been growing by leaps and bounds, gaining momentum as it picks up home care, child care and education workers with similar sentiments. A couple of…

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